Teenager builds DNA test kit

A teenager from Brighouse has been named the UK Young Engineer of the Year. Fred Turner has built his own DNA testing machine to work out why his brother has ginger hair and he does not.

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Judges praise Fred's DNA testing machine

Judges at the UK's Young Engineer of the Year award were clearly impressed with Fred's work in developing his own DNA testing machine:

I passionately believe that engineering is vital to our future. This outstanding project by Fred shows how bright that future is in the UK and I can't wait to see what he does with his highly promising career. I hope young people everywhere feel inspired to follow in his footsteps.

– Celebrity judge Ben Miller

11-18 year olds from right across the UK were given the chance to enter the competition by completing a project in either science, technology, engineering or maths. A young scientist and young engineer were both then named winners at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in London.

This year's winners are an inspiration to others looking to embark on a career in science and engineering. They have all truly impressed the judges and played their own part within the competition to encourage others to explore their own interest in science and engineering.

– Sir Roland Jackson, British Science Association

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